Community Board 18 Meeting: Business (Almost) As Usual
Community Board 18’s March meeting began with an air of mystery as attendees entering Kings Plaza’s Community Room spotted a bouquet of flowers and a balloon set on the table in front of District Manager Dorothy Turano’s usual seat.
Speculation about who purchased and presented the bouquet to Turano led to the board’s president, Saul Needle, to explain the board was behind the gift.
Recent reports of Turano’s connection to State Senator Carl Kruger, who is facing federal corruption charges, apparently showed that she had the support of — if not all, then at least some — community board members.
Many reporters and photographers, including the New York Times, The Post, and New York-1 arrived in anticipation of a public statement by Turano regarding Kruger’s arrest, but Turano never commented on the situation.
Despite the undertones of the evening, Needle and Turano ran the meeting as usual by moving straight through the agenda, including a public hearing on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Agency Responses to the board’s Proposed Capital and Expense Budget for Fiscal year 2012, as well as the Community Board’s Statement of Needs and Priorities.
In the process of requesting funding for projects, which would improve the neighborhoods in CB18’s district, the OMB went through the proposals presented by the board and made responses based on the feasibility of projects.
Turano stated CB18 had received 18 responses out of 38 total requests, which included seven of “Funds Unavailable,” seven requiring further investigation of the desired project site, four requiring the contact of the borough commissioner, and two which were “Not Warranted”.
The requests ranged from infrastructural repairs or upgrades to the hiring of additional personnel for specific departments.
A vote of CB18’s answer to the agency, mimicking those of the last two years, ended in opposition to the OMB’s responses. A letter was duly sent to the OMB’s administration to that effect.
The meeting ended with no word to reporters and a quick exit by Turano.